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Diversity & Diversity Science

What is Diversity Science?

Diversity Science is not a separate area of graduate study in the Department, but provides an opportunity to apply work in all areas of psychological science to understanding the causes of bias and disparities and eventually to eliminate them. Diversity Science is the scientific study of the causes of racism, socioeconomic and health disparities, and bias.  Research in Psychological & Brain Sciences includes research on early adversity, the development and expression of bias across the lifespan, intergroup relationships and conflict, and the mechanisms of disparities in health and well-being across the lifespan, as well as in access to health care and education.


Our Mission Statement

Diversity refers to individual differences that include ability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The Department of Psychology at Washington University welcomes the richness that diversity brings to our community. We hope to model and enhance the appreciation of diversity by:

  • Attracting faculty, students, and staff of diverse backgrounds to our Department of Psychology and Psychology Programs
  • Fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion in which all individuals are supported and integrated within our academic and social communities
  • Welcoming honest and open discussion regarding diversity issues
  • Incorporating diversity as a central issue in our academic curriculum to facilitate student research and clinical work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Enhancing awareness of diversity issues through ongoing research
Professor Wilkins

Research in Diversity Science 

Cutting across our four primary research areas, a number of Psychology & Brain Sciences faculty are interested in Diversity Science.  This area focuses on research with and/or about underrepresented and understudied populations, including investigating the causes and consequences of bias, racism, prejudice, and socioeconomic disparities, as well as ways to overcome these challenges.

Meet our Faculty Conducting Research in Diversity Science
Calvin Lai

Research in Diversity Science 

Cutting across our four primary research areas, a number of Psychology & Brain Sciences faculty are interested in Diversity Science.  This area focuses on research with and/or about underrepresented and understudied populations, including investigating the causes and consequences of bias, racism, prejudice, and socioeconomic disparities, as well as ways to overcome these challenges.

Meet our Faculty Conducting Research in Diversity Science

Diversity Committee Members

The Diversity Committee is part of the Psychology Graduate Student Association in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The goal of the committee is to provide programs that foster an inclusive and accepting workplace and learning environment. We aim to encourage members of our community to become more knowledgeable about and better equipped to target social injustices.

We organize several events throughout the year for students, faculty, staff, and prospective applicants from underrepresented cultural backgrounds. Within our department, we host professional development events, including the annual SafeZone training (to increase awareness around LGBTQ+ experiences) and diversity panels (featuring guest speakers who address issues related to diversity in higher education). We partner with Washington University’s College Prep Program to organize psychology-related lab demos and panels for visiting students.

We also host several socials throughout the year. At our diversity potlucks, attendees bring dishes that represent family or cultural traditions for others to try, and then everyone discusses diversity-related table topics. Our movie nights focus on films that address social injustice and include post-viewing discussions. In the summer, we host ice cream socials where attendees candidly discuss social and political issues while enjoying frozen treats.

If you would like to become part of the Diversity Committee, please contact one of the current officers.

Faculty Members

Desiree White (Diversity CMMTE Chair), dawhite@wustl.edu
Brian Carpenter, bcarpenter@wustl.edu
Renee Thompson (renee. thompson@wustl.edu
 

2017-2018 Student Chair

Katlin Bentley (k.bentley@wustl.edu)


2017-2018 Student Members

Eric Failes (e.failes@wustl.edu)
Reshma Gouravajhala (rgouravajhala@wustl.edu)
Marina Gross (mpgross@wustl.edu)
Emily Hansen (emilyjhanson@wustl.edu)
Abhilasha Kumar (abhilasha.kumar@wustl.edu)
Isidro Landa (landa.isidro@wustl.edu)
David Grybinas (davidgrybinas@wustl.edu)
Neco Johnson (necoxjohnson@wustl.edu)
Hannah Maybrier (h.maybrier@wustl.edu)
Drew McLaughlin (drewjmclaughlin@wustl.edu)
Grace Reid (reid.g@wustl.edu)


Staff

David Archer, david@wustl.edu
Meg McClelland, mcclelland@wustl.edu
 
Please feel free to contact members of the Diversity Committee if you have questions about our diversity initiative or about our program in general.

mark wrighton

Diversity strengthens our sense of community, and is vital to our knowledge creation, problem solving and productivity — all of which are essential to our mission as a world-class university. Making the university more diverse and inclusive is not an option. It is an imperative.

―Mark S. WrightonChancellor